Jolla Pushes Out MeeGo-based OS

 

  • Jolla's MeeGo OS
  • Sailfish to launch next month
  • Debut in Helsinki.

Another contender is circling the arena of mobile operating systems. Finnish smartphone start-up Jolla is reportedly readying to launch its Linux-based operating system MeeGo, dubbed ‘Sailfish’ next month.

 

  • Jolla's MeeGo OS
  • Sailfish to launch next month
  • Debut in Helsinki.

Another contender is circling the arena of mobile operating systems. Finnish smartphone start-up Jolla is reportedly readying to launch its Linux-based operating system MeeGo, dubbed ‘Sailfish’ next month.

Jolla has picked up MeeGo after Nokia abandoned the platform. The Nokia N9 is the only smartphone to run MeeGo. 

The company has been working on a new smartphone and operating system based on the retired MeeGo OS since late 2011. MeeGo is a product of Intel and Nokia's merged Moblin and Maemo platforms. MeeGo was pushed forward by Intel last year, after Nokia dropped the OS to tie up with Microsoft and its Windows Phone 7 OS. Intel began shipping MeeGo-based N9 devices in the fall, but gave up shortly after.

Jolla will be doing the first demo of Sailfish's SDK at the conference which takes place on 21 and 22 November, but will not release details about its own Jolla smartphone until mid to late December.

However, according to on CEO Jussi Hurmola, they are keeping the OS at a safe distance for the meantime as developers who attend the conference will get a chance to see the device, but won't be able to get hands-on with it.

"We are planning to show the hardware, but we cannot yet let people close to it. We will use Sailfish supported hardware to demo the Sailfish OS," said Hurmola. 

Jolla expects to license its Sailfish operating system to other device manufacturers, design houses and service companies in spring 2013.

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